Miami doesn't hurt us much in recruiting, we usually fight over a few south florida kids. Miami is getting pretty much anyone they need and most kids they want in south florida, but UF really cleaned up. Zook makes a good impression and he had tons of starting spots available at a top flight program, that certainly helps. There could be other stuff going on, God I hope so so they'll get nailed, but honestly I think UF has more opportunities to start and they aren't sinking quite as fast as FSU, that was the big difference.
FSU could afford a down year, and we still got two Tallahassee guys who are beyond awesome (Sims is ranked #1 in most recruiting polls), but it's not a good sign. Bobby's age is a factor, but I think the fact that we aren't winning, that our position coaching is terrible (the opposite of Miami, where they train guys to be NFL draft material), that we seem to have no contingency plan, and that we lack discipline and morale makes the age factor much bigger than it would otherwise be. If Rhicht or Amato were here as the annointed successor and we were coaching guys and winning, we'd have no problems. Also, there aren;t many starting slots available. We adressed needs so this class won't hurt us, but if we can't recruit, gameplan, coach-up players, maintian morale and discipline, win, OR recruit, we have to ask ourselves why Bobby is still here. I think most fans feel that way, but we're waiting to see what happens with a difficult schedule including ND, Colorado, Miami, and UF out of conference (but oddly favorable, since Miami, Maryland, and UF are all down, at least in theory). If we do well this season, then the heat will be off. If we get hammerred (honestly either is possible with our combination of phenomenal talent and chemistry, coaching, discipline, and leadership problems), Bobby's got problems.
It kills me to say this with such a great schedule coming, but I almost hope we get pounded, because Bobby has proven to be unwillng to make any real changes, and this was his dumb idea. Just because you are a legend doesn't mean you get a free pass to run the program into the ground (some PSU fans feel the same way about Paterno, same problems with his kid, though at least Paterno is more than a figurehead). I wish some of the knuckleheads around here understood that. Some of them also fail to remember that Bobby twice campaigned for the Alabama job. He only stayed here because the program was better and he was old by the time they were finally interested. Not saying he's a bad guy for it, but he has his own priorities, and he wasn't blindly loyal to us, so we don't own him any blind loyalty either. Staying here was a professional decision for him. Keeping him on should also be based on how well he performs his job.
I guess my point is, we need to have plans for the future, because if it gets worse here, it'll get alot worse, especially with the schedule coming up, qb problems, and the team potentially quitting on this staff. The idiots around here who want to tar and feather you for daring to criticize Bobby may run us right into an iceberg. They're in total denial.
Anyway . . . speaking of awesome Florida recruiting, Louisville just got SEVEN of the top guys from Tallahassee. Watch out for them the next few years. Too bad they didn't play on Ragone's team.